Wednesday 29 January 2020

Mullins hopes for Dream

Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire Sportsdesk

Klassical Dream bids to get back on the winning trail in the Matheson Hurdle at Leopardstown today. The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old enjoyed a faultless novice campaign last season, winning each of his four starts including the Supreme at the Cheltenham Festival and a Grade One over this course and distance.

He suffered a surprise defeat when only third behind stablemate Saldier in last month's Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown, but will be a short-priced favourite to provide the trainer with a seventh victory in the last 10 renewals.

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Mullins is also represented by last year's winner Sharjah and Aramon, who won the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at this meeting last year. The biggest threat to the Closutton trio appears to be Gordon Elliott's Coeur Sublime, who made an impressive start to his season at Down Royal at the start of November.

The field is completed by Henry de Bromhead's Petit Mouchoir and Joseph O'Brien's Darasso, who reverts to hurdling on his first start since winning a Grade Two chase at Navan in the spring.

The other Grade One on the fourth and final day of the Christmas Festival is the Neville Hotels Novice Chase.

Elliott has won the last two renewals with Shattered Love and Delta Work and this year fires a formidable twin assault, with both Battleoverdoyen and Champagne Classic having won their last two starts.

De Bromhead runs dual Grade One-winning hurdler Minella Indo, who chased home Laurina on his chasing debut at Gowran Park, while Mullins relies on Carefully Selected.

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